Animal Allergy and Dermatology
Service of Connecticut
Diagnosis and Management of Skin Disease and Allergy
Planning a Visit
Planning on coming in for a visit?
In order to make the most accurate assessment of your pet at the initial visit, one week prior to your pet’s visit, please be sure that you:
Stop any topical medications (sprays, creams, ointments, powders)
Discontinue all bathing and swimming
Do not give antihistamines (Benadryl, Claritin, hydroxyzine) or “steroids”/”cortisone” (prednisone, Temaril-P, etc.)
Contact your veterinarian regarding weaning off these glucocorticoids/steroids
Do not give omega fatty acids/fish oil, etc.
Injectable "cortisone" cannot have been administered to your pet for at least 4 weeks prior to their visit
Apoquel® should be stopped 3 days prior to the visit.
Medications for NON-DERMATOLOGIC conditions may continue (insulin, seizure medications, heartworm prevention, flea and tick control), as well as the following that may be continued for the skin:
Atopica® (cyclosporine A)
Allergy serum (injectable or oral)
Any questions or concerns regarding these “rules” should be addressed through our office initially, but may require your veterinarian to contact the office as well.
Please download and fill out these forms (one about you and your pet, the other is a very important history about your pet to help us with making a diagnosis) and bring them with you to your visit. We can mail (if time allows) or fax them upon request, and if you forget them the day of the appointment, we have extras for you at the office.